Local and lively


In its last print issue, The Rake looked at Minnesota’s on-line media, and found a lively scene.

While MinnPost tries to revive a more traditional—and increasingly discarded—philosophy of high-quality journalism, MNSpeak aims to foster dialogue, and the Daily Planet to give voice to marginalized communities. Minnesota Monitor focuses its efforts on policy, politics, and the media; Cursor aggregates content with national appeal; and for its part, while it was active, The Daily Mole tried to deliver the news with irreverence—and a call for engagement.

I am happy to see the Twin Cities Daily Planet as part of a lively local media scene, and also happy to see that our readership continues to grow.

I’m sorry to see the Daily Mole disappear, but eager to see what Steve Perry will do at the Minnesota Monitor. I read the Minnesota Monitor every day, looking for stories that we will republish, but also just to get the latest news from a solid reporting/blogging team. Steve said last week (at the TCDP brown bag lunch) that he plans to “sharpen and make more provocative and useful the election-related coverage the site is doing in relation not only to presidential race but also to Minnesota races,” and also to pursue other local beats that will give the site legs after the elections are over.

The Daily Planet republishes news from media partners and also does original reporting. Our media partners include a wide range of neighborhood and ethnic media. TCDP original reporting includes stories in our priority areas (education, environment, immigrants, health care policy) and stories that are especially important or interesting to the citizen journalists who write them. As the Rake says:

Twin Cities Daily Planet aims to harness the journalistic talent of average folks and offer “grassroots neighborhood, ethnic, and community media,” said Jeremy Iggers, executive director of the Twin Cities Media Alliance, which runs the Daily Planet (Iggers is also a food writer for The Rake). At its core, the Daily Planet is a community newswire and syndication service: It displays the latest headlines from neighborhood and community press, highlighting the best and most relevant stories, while also serving as a venue for independent reporters and citizen journalists who don’t see themselves reflected in mainstream media.

We want more readers, more writers, and more engaged participation in the news process all around.

We want your stories. Sure, there’s limited space on the front page, but we have lots of pages. Our new Free Speech Zone offers room for a articles and commentaries on a wide variety of topics. Local community pages offer space for hyper-local stories, such as a review of your favorite coffee shop or an article about your block club’s anti-graffiti efforts. (To see your local page, go to the left-hand column and click on “Minneapolis-by neighborhood” or “St. Paul-by neighborhood.”)

We want your comments. Cyrus Wolff’s review of Chasing Tail Lights is a great example. The review sparked a lively give-and-take between the reviewer, the book’s author, and readers. We’d like to see more of this kind of thoughtful, engaged dialogue.

We want your opinions. The Voices section is just one place for opinions. We also have Letters to the Editor and the opportunity to comment on every single article.

We want your events. Anyone can list events on our community calendar. If an event is listed for a particular neighborhood, then it will also show up on that local page.

We have tried to make contributing news, opinions, letters and events easy. Just click on the in the very top line of any page and follow the instructions there. (Or, if that doesn’t work for you, e-mail your story to editor@tcdailyplanet.net)

Our mission statement says, “The Twin Cities Daily Planet is conceived as an experiment in participatory journalism, built on a partnership between professional journalists and individual citizens. Collectively, the residents of the Twin Cities have far more expertise and insight than can be found in any one newsroom.”

We believe that. We need you as partners in telling the many stories of our community.